Estela is a 12 year old girl who has just fallen crazy in love with a young police cadet who wants to run away with her and get married. Trying to achieve this dream, her family will have to live the violence that is devastating the region.

Original title: Heli, English title: Heli, Country: Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, France
Production year: 2013, Format: - Son: Dolby Digital, Lenght: 105', Aspect ratio: 1.85:1, Frame rate: 35 mm, D-Cinema


Armando Espitia – Heli, Andrea Vergara – Estela, Linda Gonzalez – Sabrina, 
Juan Eduardo Palacio – Beto


Director: Amat Escalante, Assistant director: Alexandre de Graaf, Inti Aldasoro, Screenwriter: Amat Escalante, Gabriel Reyes,  Producer: Jaime Romandia, Executive Producers / Co-Producers: Joost de Vries, Eva Eisenloeffel, Titus Kreyenberg, Jean Labadie, Leontine Petit, Carlos Reygadas, Productions Company: Mantarraya, Tres Tunas, Co-production companies: Lemming Film, Le Pacte, Foprocine, Ticoman, IKE Asistencia, Current state: Completed, World sales: Luxbox, DOP: Lorenzo  Hagerman, Costume and production design: Daniela Schneider, Make up: Jorge Fuentes, Editor: Natalia Lopez, Sound: Catriel Vildosola, Sound design: Sergio Diaz, Music by: Lasse Marhaug


Cannes Film Festival
Best Director Award

Ariel Awards, Mexico
Silver Ariel for Best Direction, 14 nominations

Black Movie Film Festival
Nominated for Critics Prize

Silver Frog, Main Competition

Chicago International Film Festival
Nominated for Audience Choice Award

Cinemanila International Film Festival
Nominated Brocka Award, International Competition

Cork International Film Festival
Nominated for Audience Award

Havana Film Festival
Casa de Las Américas Award, Cuban Critics Award, Grand Coral - First Prize

Lima Latin American Film Festival
Elcine First Prize for Best Film

Montréal Festival of New Cinema
Louve d'Or

Munich Film Festival
ARRI/OSRAM Award for Best International Film

Oslo Films from the South Festival
Films from the South Award for Best Feature

Palm Springs International Film Festival
Cine Latino Award

Premios Fénix
Best Director and Best Screenplay Awards
Nominated for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Editing

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
SDFCS Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Stockholm Film Festival
Aluminum Horse for Best Cinematography

The Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema
Platino Award for Best Award


amat Escalante

Director/ Screenwriter/Associate Producer

Self-taught filmmaker from the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, he began to work in cinema at the age of 15. After making two short films, he wrote and directed his first film, SANGRE shot in his city and premiered at Un Certain Regard Official Selection at Cannes 2005, where he was awarded with the FIPRESCI Prize from the International Critics. LOS BASTARDOS was his second feature film and also premiered at Un Certain Regard Official Selection at  Cannes 2008. HELI is his third feature film that premiered at the Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.


2013, Heli

2010, Revolucion (Short)

2008, Los Bastardos

2005, Sangre

2002Amarrados (Short Film)